Dwele On Recording ‘Power': ‘Who Says No To Kanye West?’
Dwele isn’t exactly the easiest man to find. He prefers to keep a low profile and records much of his music in solitude. No friends, producers, engineers or groupies are present when he lays his vocals. However, when the incoming call on his Blackberry comes from one of the most influential artists in Hip-Hop, voicemail just isn’t an option.
“He called me last minute like ‘Yo I need you to come out to Hawaii tomorrow and work on the album,’” Dwele tells VIBE about a recent call from Kanye. “And who says ‘no’ to Kanye West? Who says ‘no’ to Hawaii?”
The very same phone call led to Dwele being featured on “Power,” the first single from Kanye’s forthcoming album, Good Ass Job. With reports circulating that West has ditched the Auto-Tune and is finally getting back to rapping on this project, Good Ass Job may be his most anticipated album since his debut, College Dropout, dropped in ’04.
“From the first time I heard it, I knew ‘Power’ was going to be the one. Matter of fact, during my stay we worked on a few records, but I can’t say for sure what will make the album,” says Dwele. “Just know that Kanye’s spitting on this album, he’s coming with the bars for real.”
Dwele explained that the record was near completion when he stepped into the booth but West wanted Dwele to add his personal touch to the record. Naturally calm and cool, the Detroit native didn’t think twice before stepping in and letting his talent do all the work.
“There really isn’t any pressure when I work with Kanye—it’s just crazy watching him work. He’ll go in the booth lay a verse than come out and joke around with you. Then all of sudden he’ll just start rapping another verse in the middle of talking to you. And just go right back in and record some more.”
Also working on a new solo LP of his own, Dwele hopes to show his artistic range on his upcoming album, W.ants, W.orld, W.omen. Stretching his boundaries past baby-making jams, the Detroit native is ready to spread his musical wings.
“There’s a side of me that people don’t really get to see. I like Gucci, I like diamonds, too. But I haven’t really shown it in my music. But on this album, I touched on some political issues and social commentary as well—I knew I had to section it into three parts.” —Mikey Fresh